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10th Jan '17 1:34:41 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}},'' [[BigBad Visser Three's]] twin and rival, Esplin 9466-secondary, manages to survive without Kandrona rays by finding Controllers, killing thekir hosts and eating the Yeerks out of their brain. Even knowing his brother, the Animorphs were horrified.

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* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}},'' [[BigBad Visser Three's]] twin and rival, Esplin 9466-secondary, manages to survive without Kandrona rays by finding Controllers, killing thekir their hosts and eating the Yeerks out of their brain. Even knowing his brother, the Animorphs were horrified.
6th Jan '17 5:08:58 PM nombretomado
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* This is the entire premise of the ImageComics title ''ComicBook/{{Chew}}'': the main character is a police officer who gets psychic impressions from everything he tastes. ''Everything.'' His boss thinks it's hilarious sending him to lick blood off a crime scene floor, nibble on a corpse, or even take a bite of some "whatsit" left in a bank vault.

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* This is the entire premise of the ImageComics Creator/ImageComics title ''ComicBook/{{Chew}}'': the main character is a police officer who gets psychic impressions from everything he tastes. ''Everything.'' His boss thinks it's hilarious sending him to lick blood off a crime scene floor, nibble on a corpse, or even take a bite of some "whatsit" left in a bank vault.
5th Jan '17 5:29:22 PM WillyFourEyes
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* ''Series/IZombie'': Liv finds that eating brains keeps her from going "full-on zombie" (ie, mindless and violent) and gives her flashes of the dead person's memories as well as aspects of their personality. In the pilot, she gains the ability to speak Romanian and becomes a klepto after eating the brain of a kleptomaniac Romanian call girl. In the second episode, she eats the brains of a famous painter and gains his talent for painting as well as his passion for life in general. Usually, the abilities and quirks fade after about a day. They also fade to be replaced by new ones after eating another person's brain. The abilities can be of a darker nature, such as when Liv unknowingly eats the brain of a sociopathic hitman. She immediately starts acting

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* ''Series/IZombie'': Liv finds that eating brains keeps her from going "full-on zombie" (ie, mindless and violent) and gives her flashes of the dead person's memories as well as aspects of their personality. In the pilot, she gains the ability to speak Romanian and becomes a klepto after eating the brain of a kleptomaniac Romanian call girl. In the second episode, she eats the brains of a famous painter and gains his talent for painting as well as his passion for life in general. Usually, the abilities and quirks fade after about a day. They also fade to be replaced by new ones after eating another person's brain. The abilities can be of a darker nature, such as when Liv unknowingly eats the brain of a sociopathic hitman. She immediately starts actingacting like an emotionless person full of random factual information and one of her first instincts upon finding a friend who has permanently gone full-on zombie [[spoiler:is to kill her]]. In a later episode, she gains HollywoodHacking and MMORPG skills, as well as intense agoraphobia and love for donuts, from an internet troll.
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** The Kroot, a race of a [[HumanoidAliens avian humanoids]] used as auxiliaries by the [[TheAlliance Tau Empire]], have the innate ability to absorb the DNA of any creature they eat. For example, Kroot who feed upon [[TheFairFolk Dark Eldar]] [[SpacePirates pirates]] become lean, agile and malicious, while those who prey upon [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orks]] quickly develop green skin, heavy jaws and big muscles - in fact, the Kroot only developed space flight after absorbing the GeneticMemory of some Ork Mekboyz who attacked their homeworld of Pech. In a {{Deconstruction}} of this trope, Kroot who eat too much of a certain food [[BlessedWithSuck get stuck in an evolutionary dead-end]], and every evolutionary niche on Pech is filled by some Kroot-form, such as Kroot Hounds or lumbering Krootox. The Shapers who lead the various Kroot Kindreds have also learned not to let their people feed upon [[FaceFullOfAlienWingWong Genestealers]]' victims or anything tainted by [[TheCorruption Chaos]].
** The [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranids]] make extensive use of this as part of their EvilEvolves theme. The Hive Fleets are constantly analyzing the DNA of species they consume and incorporating useful bits into the next generation of Tyranids, and you can see this in certain units: the stooped, knuckle-walking Biovores have a certain resemblance to Orks, and the frail but psychically-powerful Zoanthropes are certainly based on [[WitchSpecies Eldar]] DNA. Now some Imperial sages have suggested that [[PraetorianGuard Tyrant Guard]], with their thick armor plating, must be based upon Space Marine DNA, but this is of course heresy.
** Speaking of Space Marines, it's often overlooked, but among their BioAugmentation is the [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Gene-seed#Omophagea Omophagea]] implant, which allows them to learn memories from a foe they've eaten. This undoubtedly contributes to rumors that certain chapters practice cannibalism, which may or many not be accurate depending on how savage a background said chapter comes from.
* ''Tabletopgame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** An aboleth retains memories of every eaten victim--as well as those of its mother, meaning that they remember the entire history of their species. Some shapeshifters. Mongrelmen may have their ''offspring'' growing some body parts of the devoured creature, like an odd horn or antenna.
** The earliest D&D example is the brain collector, an Expert D&D monster which acquired spellcasting powers by consuming the brains of spellcasters. The Hivebrood hivemind, another CD&D monster, could do the same thing for any class ability, and also share these acquired powers with other members of its Hive.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'':
-->''If a maurezhi kills and eats a victim, it gets the deader's memories and experiences. Xanxaost has seen hezrou general beat and imprison their baatezu enemies and then stand aside and let a maurezhi go to work. This sometimes gets them secret plans for the Blood War. This usually gets them lots of stupid things the baatezu have in their heads.''
** In 3rd Edition, mind flayers could potentially remember some piece of information from a recently eaten victim's brain (Usually a minor bonus to skill checks, but sometimes a feat or weapon skill) They didn't always, and the retention was only for a few hours, but it was possible. Illithid Savants specialized in this, [[SuperpowerLottery retaining skills of devoured victims permanently.]]
* In both ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' and ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'', there is the heinous crime of Diablerie, wherein you can boost your Generation/Blood Potency (and thus your power in general) by devouring the blood and soul of another vampire. The downside is, it leaves inky black stains on your soul (which [[AuraVision others can read like a book]]), and you can expect a quick and brutal FinalDeath if you're caught. [[TooSpicyForYogSothoth Plus, some powerful vampires may remain conscious through the process and later devour the Diablerist's soul from the inside.]]
** TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem introduces the bloated Macellarius bloodline, [[FatSweatySouthernerInAWhiteSuit fittingly nicknamed "The Gluttons"]] due to their universal belief that a gut is still considered [[AdiposeRex high class]]. Oh, and they also eat people. Hailing from ancient hedonistic Rome, these vampires are master gourmands, doing anything for a fine taste, even with the knowledge that they'll have to throw it up later by proxy of being a vampire (they enjoy the vomiting, though, since it means they can taste it one more time). Naturally, they have an intense love for human flesh, and can suck vitae out from it, and their unique bloodline discipline, [[IAmAHumanitarian Gustus]], entirely revolves around eating raw meat, from storing consumed chunks in their bodies to be converted to vitae to vomiting acidic blood to being able to steal stats from their victim.
* [[TabletopGame/{{Exalted}} Lunar Exalted]] are capable of assuming the appearance (and a few abilities) of animals by consuming their hearts after a ritualized hunt. With the right powers, they can extend this ability to humans, other Exalted, and gods, demons, ghosts and raksha. They can also acquire powers to decrease how much of a being they need to eat, and give others the ability to assume ''their'' appearance by consuming some of their blood.
* Having the Regeneration power in ''Underground'' requires a character to subsist on a cannibal diet. As the game's setting is such a CrapsackWorld as to contain cannibal ''fast food joints'', this is PlayedForLaughs.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has the Mimeoplasm, which eats (exiles) two creatures in graveyards, making it a copy of one with +1/+1 counters equal to the other's power.
** There's also Experiment Kraj, who upon waking stole every cytoplast on the plane, which killed and mutilated anyone who used Simic brand bioaugmentation products. His card implies this also gave him the powers of whoever he mutilated.
** Similar to the Hivebrood hivemind above, the original hive of Slivers had a queen that could create new strains of Slivers by consuming strange new creatures and then birthing new Slivers with those creatures' powers. Whenever Slivers are within an unspecified range of one another, they each gain each others' abilities.
* ''TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil'' gives us the Faithful of Shulpae, a small cult that aims to track down and eat supernatural beings (with a particular taste for [[TabletopGame/MummyTheCurse mummies]]) in order to temporarily gain their powers. They do this because they believe supernatural creatures are closer to the divine than they are, and by eating their flesh, they can experience a special relationship with the gods.
* The Jotun of ''TabletopGame/BleakWorld'' believe that eating enough humans will open a gate to their homeworld, which was taken from them by [[SpaceElves elves]].
* ''TabletopGame/DragonTheEmbers'':
** This is how [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Oroboroi]] reproduce; since they lost the ability to procreate the natural way a long time ago, they instead create new dragons by feeding their [[SoulJar Heart]] to a human whenever they feel like they have lived long enough. This results in the Heart's owner dying and the human becoming a new dragon.
** Also, there are dragons called Devourers, who like to feed on other dragons' [[SoulJar Hearts]]. Much like [[TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem the vampires' Diaberie]], it's reviled by Oroboros society (even ''more so'', in fact, since they are a DyingRace and Hearts are ''not'' a renewable ressource) and comes with [[BodyHorror very nasty side effects]]...
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* ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'', in a practical approach to PowerCopying. He's so cute, most people haven't even considered the fact that his abilities and behavior are about what you might expect from a baby EldritchAbomination. This is likely because Kirby doesn't digest the creatures he eats in the same way as most creatures. Instead, it seems that he converts the creatures he eats into stars that he can spit out as projectiles or absorb for their powers. It even seems as though he can reverse the process and spit them as they were, losing whatever power he had.
* ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga'' has this as the theme of the game. You gain Atma by devouring your enemies, which is spent on gaining Mantras that give you new powers. Hunt-class powers grant you extra Atma, explicitly because they allow you to eat your foes more efficiently. These powers have names like "Devour" and "Feed Frenzy".
* ''VideoGame/DragonsWake'' is an 2-D indie platformer where the player character (who is a dragon) must eat the bodies of his enemies in order to heal or even increase his own abilities.
* ''Genesis Rising'', a little-known RTS, has the player building ORGANIC STARSHIPS that can acquire abilities by feeding off enemy organic starships [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin that have been beaten to a pulp]]. If by chance you "kill" the enemy ship, you can still consume it but you won't gain any abilities. Talk about extreme recycling ... IN SPACE!
* ''VideoGame/HomeworldCataclysm'' has a faction devoted to consuming ships (and their occupants) to achieve that kind of goal.
* ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'', devouring people can give you access to their abilities, memories, and skills--so you learn how to fly a combat helicopter by eating a pilot, learn how to effectively use military weapons by eating Drill Sergeants, and unravel the GovernmentConspiracy by eating the brains of anyone with even a TANGENTIAL relation to it.
* Paxton Fettel from the ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon FEAR]]'' franchise. It may or may not allow him to read his victims' memories (he certainly can either way).
* In ''VideoGame/{{Nethack}}'', eating certain corpses could give you superpowers, stat buffs, or kill you horribly.
** In the expansion game ''VideoGame/{{SLASHEM}}'', there's a playable race of [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifters]]. Eating the corpse of a monster of a certain species gives a 100% success rate for shapeshifting into that species.
** ''[[VideoGame/AncientDomainsOfMystery ADOM]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/RagnarokRoguelike Ragnarok]]'' also do this, as do other ''{{Roguelike}}''s following Nethack's lead.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadlyCreatures'', this is how the scorpion and the tarantula acquire new environmental skills -- by biting off the heads of creatures that have the skills they need. The tarantula eats a black widow and a lizard to gain the ability to web-jump and climb upside down, respectively, while the scorpion eats another scorpion and a mantis to learn how to dig and cut through grass.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'', Ridley's [[WhyWontYouDie near-immortality]] is HandWaved by him devouring enemy corpses for biomass. He's not hesitant to rub the fact in an orphaned Samus's face.
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', if the player eats [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President Kimball]], [[BigBad Caesar]], [[ManipulativeBastard Mr. House]] and [[ElvisImpersonator The King]], they get a perk known as "Meat of Champions" that gives you their "power" (Kimball's Strength, Caesar's Intelligence, House's Luck and The King's Charisma) whenever you eat humans.
* VideoGame/{{Touhou}} has a few examples:
** In ''Imperishable Night'', several of the {{youkai}} in the player teams suggest to their human counterparts that they eat the immortal [[BonusBoss Mokou Fujiwara's]] guts/liver, saying that a human eating an immortal's guts would grant them immortality as well. Yuyuko, on the other hand, considers eating Mokou's guts herself despite being a youkai, [[ImAHumanitarian just because she thinks it'd be tasty]].
** Utsuho Reiuji, a corpse-eating hell raven youkai [[FinalBoss first encountered]] in ''Subterranean Animism'' gained her power over nuclear fusion by swallowing the body of a yatagarasu (a divine crow with [[ThePowerOfTheSun powers of the sun]]). In Reimu and Suika's encounter with her, Utsuho expresses a strong desire to eat Reimu as well.
* The first three ''VideoGame/{{SaGa}}'' games (aka ''Final Fantasy Legend I'', ''II'', and ''III''), have the Monster race. They have set skills and stats, but can change into another monster by eating Meat dropped in battle.
* [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Yoshi]] gets this with Koopa shells, a lot -- though downplayed as the power only lasts as long as the shell's in his mouth. Red ones grant him the ability to breathe fire, blue ones grant him {{flight}}, yellow ones let him make small earthquakes when he lands, and flashing shells grant all three of the above. If Yoshi is red, blue, or yellow, any Koopa shell will grant the power associated with that color -- in addition to the shell's power, if applicable.
* Quina, the [[PowerCopying Blue Mage]] from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' learned new spells by eating monsters that could cast them.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' featured the late game Devour ability, allowing you to eat a weakened monster for a permanent one point increase to your various statistics, including health. Amusingly, you can use this ability on ''[[TheChick Rinoa]]'' in one battle, although it will result in an immediate NonStandardGameOver.
* The Rataka in VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic believe this to be true for their species, eating the dead warriors of tribes they conquer. The tribe that still practices it even ask the player to kill a group of Mandalorians and bring back the leader's head as a meal for their war-leader.
* In ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'', The more enemies a Guttler eats, the stronger and larger it grows.
* Kha'Zix, a champion in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', is a monster from the Void whose sole drive is to eat powerful creatures to gain their strength. The only creature it currently sees as a match for itself is Rengar, the ultimate hunter he once fought to a draw.
* Aeon Calcos, aka the [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent Lizardman]] has this as of ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries SoulCalibur V]]''. Bestowed new powers by [[WarGod Ares]], he can regain reason and intelligence by devouring others. This is evidenced by the use of his real name.
* In ''Party Of Sin'', Gluttony can replenish lost health by eating a non-boss enemy, though it takes a few seconds until the mook gets fully digested, before which it can be spat back out.
* In ''Franchise/StarCraft'' one of the ways the Zerg evolve is by consuming other life-forms and absorbing their DNA, as shown in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVEoIiqeQ6I this video]].
* In ''VideoGame/TheVisitor'', an online (and highly graphic) game series, the titular "visitor" is an alien parasite that can absorb the special abilities of any animal it [[BodyHorror devours from the inside out]]. If it eats a spider, it gains the ability to shoot webs; if it eats a dog, it gains a row of vicious teeth for biting, etc.
* In ''VideoGame/DawnOfTheDragons'', the player character reminisces on a conversation with fellow adventurer Roland over a plate of bacon. Roland claimed that pork is a crucial part of any adventurer's diet for this reason. The pig's cunning and intelligence is transferred to the person who ate it. The player character then wonders if this explains why kobolds are as dumb as mushrooms and why [[DeadpanSnarker Medea]] eats so many bitter herbs.
* The mecha equivalent of this is seen in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberiumWars'' and the Nod Avatar walker. It's special ability is that it can rip the weapons out of certain other Nod vehicles and use them. Normally, it's your own units, but if your opponent is playing Nod too you can use theirs.
** And the tank equivalent is in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'' with the basic Hammer Tank on the Soviet side. By using it's leech beam weapon, it can steal health from opposing tanks and structures, and if the target dies whilst being hit with the beam it'll steal its' weapon [[note]]If multiple Hammers are hitting it with the beam, only one will gain the weapon[[/note]]. Most tank weapons can be stolen this way, including stuff like the [[KillSat Athena uplink]], [[WaveMotionGun Wave Motion Artillery cannon]] or the [[BoringButPractical Bullfrogs' AA gun]]
* The unreleased coin-op arcade game ''VideoGame/ChimeraBeast'' is a HorizontalScrollingShooter in which the player plays one of a new race of lifeforms called "Eaters", which have appeared at the bottom of the food chain with the express goal of chewing their way up it by assimilating the strengths of everything it can kill and consume. [[spoiler:The final stages have the Eaters attacking the human race, and either dying with the world they have consumed or escaping to devour the universe.]]
* In ''VideoGame/GemsOfWar'', zombies seem to work like this; their special attack is Eat Brains, which not only heals them but increases a random skill (suggesting that they've absorbed something from the brains' owners).
* ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'': Aldrich was a human cleric who discovered one day that when he ate other people, he gained their power. He proceeded to eat so many people that he became a sludge-worm-monster thing, that nonetheless wielded tremendous magical power and had to be thrown into the First Flame itself to be destroyed (with the neat side effect of prolonging the Age of Fire). In this game, he's been resurrected, and has decided to expand his power further by ''eating the gods themselves''.
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* In the (Very NSFW) ''Chocolate Milkmaid'', the title character has this, which is what results in her becoming Chocolate Milkmaid in the first place. The flashback showing when she was told about this ability makes it clear that she was suitably squicked by the implications. Fortunately for her, it turns out that body fluids work just as well.
* Sevink from ''Webcomic/GeistPanik'' is a {{wendigo}}, meaning he can die once for every person he eats (dead or alive) and continue living. It helps that he's a BloodKnight, which allows him to fight through the pain of constantly dying and grants him access to plenty of dead people. Oh, and he's one of the [[SociopathicHero good guys]].
* Bob of ''Webcomic/CaptainSNES'' is a rare (probably) heroic version. To his credit, the first time his ability is revealed, he states that he dislikes using it.
* ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'' has TeamPet, [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2004-06-04/comic/a-little-blasphemy-never-hurt-anybody/hey-hey-its-for-dna/ Chao]] they eventually called Blasphemy. [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2004-07-16/comic/a-little-blasphemy-never-hurt-anybody/chao-not-so-bella/ Chao!]]
* Butch in ''Webcomic/ChoppingBlock'' is intermittently convinced he has this, although it's been repeatedly proven that he doesn't actually gain anything from killing people.
* ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/1993.html discussed]] the self-defeating side of this:
-->'''Ponsonby:''' Why do you want to eat them anyway?\\
'''Native:''' So we gain their abilities!\\
'''Ponsonby:''' What, the ability to be captured and eaten by a bunch of primitives with inferior weapons?\\
''Annotation: The idea of gaining the powers and abilities of a deceased person by consuming their bodies is one of the more widespread reasons for cannibalism in various cultures around the world.''\\
''Annotation: ''Do not'' let [[{{Munchkin}} players in your roleplaying games think of this]].''
* In ''Webcomic/{{Blessings}}'' it seems that this is one of the attributes of The Gourmand. If they should nibble on someone with a healing blessing, they get healed in turn. No indication for how long it lasts.
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* The story [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/abundance Abundance]] in the TheWanderersLibrary is centered around a character who possesses a more literal version of this ability.
* Carmilla of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse absorbs all the knowledge of the people and things she eats. Since she's a baby Great Old One, she's probably eating their ''souls'' too.
* Mokou gained her [[PlayingWithFire fire powers]] this way in Roleplay/TouhouAGlimmerOfAnOutsideWorld: she turned a phoenix into yakitori and ate it.
* In an odd example where the superpower is a political one, in ''WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged'' the Namekian Grand Elder is apparently whoever devours the old Grand Elder.
-->'''Bulma:''' Seems legit.
* From CerberusDailyNews, we have "Devour The Hearts Of [=NKaria's=] Adversaries So That You May Take Their Power For Yourself", a side-scrolling platformer from [=NKaria=]. Distribution is banned in at least one of the setting's nations due to extreme gore, subversive religious themes, and depictions of intense violence.
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', after a computer scan finds a "rectangular mass" in Hermes's colon:
--> '''Hermes''': It's a calculator. I ate it to gain its power.
** When Fry and Bender signed up for the army in "War is the H Word," Professor Farnsworth told Fry to eat the hearts of whoever he killed to gain their courage.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'', Cedric doublecrosses Phobos and eats him whole. In the process, he ends up gaining the powers of the Seal of Nerissa. Thankfully, he suffers from a major case of HowDoIShotWeb.
* The only thing Marceline of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' inherited from her demon father, aside from grey skin and pointy ears, is the ability to devour souls, which in specific cases such as vampires gives her any special powers that soul had.
* The Zombie Pumpkin Magisword from ''WesternAnimation/MightyMagiswords'' gets different abilities from eating different types of pumpkins. For example, eating the seed of a giant pumpkin makes the Zombie Pumpkin Magisword grow gigantic.
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* There are beliefs such as eating your foe will give you his strength or courage. In fact, the word originally meant "strong man" and was used by tribes that believed this.
** There is a statue in Tarabuco, Bolivia commemorating a victory of the native Quechua people over their Spanish conquerors. The statue shows a Quechua with an AxeCrazy face standing over his defeated Spanish foe. The Spaniard has a gaping hole in his chest and the Quechua is eating his heart. Keep in mind this is a statue...fully painted...in the town square...and was built by the Quechua...recently...as in the past 10 years.
** The Iroquois were known for doing this with their more respected (read: [[WorthyOpponent worthy of being absorbed]]) prisoners of war.
* In parts of sub-Saharan Africa, particularly Tanzania, one of the various reasons for the persecution of albinos is the belief that eating their flesh will confer superpowers to the eater (which inspired the ''District 9'' example, above).
* Certain kinds of hydras, a simple aquatic lifeform related to jellyfish, have stinging cells powerful enough to stun small fish. When a flatworm eats a hydra, it assimilates stinging caps without discharging or digesting them, but incorporates them as is. Predators who target these flatworms meet with a nasty, stinging surprise, dissuading further predation attempts. This approach saw a lot of use for stinging [[http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Cnidaria.html cnidarians]] from hydra to jellyfish and a variety of eaters up to slugs adding more "zap" to their skin or transferring kleptocnidae into their tentacles to use more offensively.
** A species of sea slug also exists that gains the ability to photosynthesize from the algae it eats.
* A lot of insects are able to make themselves poisonous by eating poisonous plants. The poison doesn't harm them and sticks around in their body for a while without being broken down, making them either taste horrible or be downright toxic to anything that decides they would be a good meal.
* An article from many decades ago called "Kill Them and Eat Them" suggested that was the way to deal with alien visitors. The killing part was presented as very rational: their very presence will disrupt our society and if they report back to their people then they will invade us. Sounded extreme but sensible. So why eat them? "To gain their power."
* Poison dart frogs become so poisonous by eating stinging ants and other venomous insects. As a result, frogs bred in captivity and kept on different diets from their wild counterparts are much less dangerous.
25th Dec '16 3:58:58 PM wille179
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* ''Series/IZombie'': Liv finds that eating brains keeps her from going "full-on zombie" (ie, mindless and violent) and gives her flashes of the dead person's memories as well as aspects of their personality. In the pilot, she gains the ability to speak Romanian and becomes a klepto after eating the brain of a kleptomaniac Romanian call girl. In the second episode, she eats the brains of a famous painter and gains his talent for painting as well as his passion for life in general. Usually, the abilities and quirks fade after about a day. They also fade to be replaced by new ones after eating another person's brain. The abilities can be of a darker nature, such as when Liv unknowingly eats the brain of a sociopathic hitman. She immediately starts acting

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* ''Series/IZombie'': Liv finds that eating brains keeps her from going "full-on zombie" (ie, mindless and violent) and gives her flashes of the dead person's memories as well as aspects of their personality. In the pilot, she gains the ability to speak Romanian and becomes a klepto after eating the brain of a kleptomaniac Romanian call girl. In the second episode, she eats the brains of a famous painter and gains his talent for painting as well as his passion for life in general. Usually, the abilities and quirks fade after about a day. They also fade to be replaced by new ones after eating another person's brain. The abilities can be of a darker nature, such as when Liv unknowingly eats the brain of a sociopathic hitman. She immediately starts actingacting
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24th Dec '16 12:05:30 AM Rorosilky5
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[[caption-width-right:241:Sometimes, [[YouAreWhoYouEat you really ''are'']] [[LiteralMetaphor what you eat.]]]]

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* ''Series/IZombie'': Liv finds that eating brains keeps her from going "full-on zombie" (ie, mindless and violent) and gives her flashes of the dead person's memories as well as aspects of their personality. In the pilot, she gains the ability to speak Romanian and becomes a klepto after eating the brain of a kleptomaniac Romanian call girl. In the second episode, she eats the brains of a famous painter and gains his talent for painting as well as his passion for life in general. Usually, the abilities and quirks fade after about a day. They also fade to be replaced by new ones after eating another person's brain. The abilities can be of a darker nature, such as when Liv unknowingly eats the brain of a sociopathic hitman. She immediately starts acting like an emotionless person full of random factual information and one of her first instincts upon finding a friend who has permanently gone full-on zombie [[spoiler:is to kill her]]. In a later episode, she gains HollywoodHacking and MMORPG skills, as well as intense agoraphobia and love for donuts, from an internet troll.
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** The Kroot, a race of a [[HumanoidAliens avian humanoids]] used as auxiliaries by the [[TheAlliance Tau Empire]], have the innate ability to absorb the DNA of any creature they eat. For example, Kroot who feed upon [[TheFairFolk Dark Eldar]] [[SpacePirates pirates]] become lean, agile and malicious, while those who prey upon [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orks]] quickly develop green skin, heavy jaws and big muscles - in fact, the Kroot only developed space flight after absorbing the GeneticMemory of some Ork Mekboyz who attacked their homeworld of Pech. In a {{Deconstruction}} of this trope, Kroot who eat too much of a certain food [[BlessedWithSuck get stuck in an evolutionary dead-end]], and every evolutionary niche on Pech is filled by some Kroot-form, such as Kroot Hounds or lumbering Krootox. The Shapers who lead the various Kroot Kindreds have also learned not to let their people feed upon [[FaceFullOfAlienWingWong Genestealers]]' victims or anything tainted by [[TheCorruption Chaos]].
** The [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranids]] make extensive use of this as part of their EvilEvolves theme. The Hive Fleets are constantly analyzing the DNA of species they consume and incorporating useful bits into the next generation of Tyranids, and you can see this in certain units: the stooped, knuckle-walking Biovores have a certain resemblance to Orks, and the frail but psychically-powerful Zoanthropes are certainly based on [[WitchSpecies Eldar]] DNA. Now some Imperial sages have suggested that [[PraetorianGuard Tyrant Guard]], with their thick armor plating, must be based upon Space Marine DNA, but this is of course heresy.
** Speaking of Space Marines, it's often overlooked, but among their BioAugmentation is the [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Gene-seed#Omophagea Omophagea]] implant, which allows them to learn memories from a foe they've eaten. This undoubtedly contributes to rumors that certain chapters practice cannibalism, which may or many not be accurate depending on how savage a background said chapter comes from.
* ''Tabletopgame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** An aboleth retains memories of every eaten victim--as well as those of its mother, meaning that they remember the entire history of their species. Some shapeshifters. Mongrelmen may have their ''offspring'' growing some body parts of the devoured creature, like an odd horn or antenna.
** The earliest D&D example is the brain collector, an Expert D&D monster which acquired spellcasting powers by consuming the brains of spellcasters. The Hivebrood hivemind, another CD&D monster, could do the same thing for any class ability, and also share these acquired powers with other members of its Hive.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'':
-->''If a maurezhi kills and eats a victim, it gets the deader's memories and experiences. Xanxaost has seen hezrou general beat and imprison their baatezu enemies and then stand aside and let a maurezhi go to work. This sometimes gets them secret plans for the Blood War. This usually gets them lots of stupid things the baatezu have in their heads.''
** In 3rd Edition, mind flayers could potentially remember some piece of information from a recently eaten victim's brain (Usually a minor bonus to skill checks, but sometimes a feat or weapon skill) They didn't always, and the retention was only for a few hours, but it was possible. Illithid Savants specialized in this, [[SuperpowerLottery retaining skills of devoured victims permanently.]]
* In both ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' and ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'', there is the heinous crime of Diablerie, wherein you can boost your Generation/Blood Potency (and thus your power in general) by devouring the blood and soul of another vampire. The downside is, it leaves inky black stains on your soul (which [[AuraVision others can read like a book]]), and you can expect a quick and brutal FinalDeath if you're caught. [[TooSpicyForYogSothoth Plus, some powerful vampires may remain conscious through the process and later devour the Diablerist's soul from the inside.]]
** TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem introduces the bloated Macellarius bloodline, [[FatSweatySouthernerInAWhiteSuit fittingly nicknamed "The Gluttons"]] due to their universal belief that a gut is still considered [[AdiposeRex high class]]. Oh, and they also eat people. Hailing from ancient hedonistic Rome, these vampires are master gourmands, doing anything for a fine taste, even with the knowledge that they'll have to throw it up later by proxy of being a vampire (they enjoy the vomiting, though, since it means they can taste it one more time). Naturally, they have an intense love for human flesh, and can suck vitae out from it, and their unique bloodline discipline, [[IAmAHumanitarian Gustus]], entirely revolves around eating raw meat, from storing consumed chunks in their bodies to be converted to vitae to vomiting acidic blood to being able to steal stats from their victim.
* [[TabletopGame/{{Exalted}} Lunar Exalted]] are capable of assuming the appearance (and a few abilities) of animals by consuming their hearts after a ritualized hunt. With the right powers, they can extend this ability to humans, other Exalted, and gods, demons, ghosts and raksha. They can also acquire powers to decrease how much of a being they need to eat, and give others the ability to assume ''their'' appearance by consuming some of their blood.
* Having the Regeneration power in ''Underground'' requires a character to subsist on a cannibal diet. As the game's setting is such a CrapsackWorld as to contain cannibal ''fast food joints'', this is PlayedForLaughs.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has the Mimeoplasm, which eats (exiles) two creatures in graveyards, making it a copy of one with +1/+1 counters equal to the other's power.
** There's also Experiment Kraj, who upon waking stole every cytoplast on the plane, which killed and mutilated anyone who used Simic brand bioaugmentation products. His card implies this also gave him the powers of whoever he mutilated.
** Similar to the Hivebrood hivemind above, the original hive of Slivers had a queen that could create new strains of Slivers by consuming strange new creatures and then birthing new Slivers with those creatures' powers. Whenever Slivers are within an unspecified range of one another, they each gain each others' abilities.
* ''TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil'' gives us the Faithful of Shulpae, a small cult that aims to track down and eat supernatural beings (with a particular taste for [[TabletopGame/MummyTheCurse mummies]]) in order to temporarily gain their powers. They do this because they believe supernatural creatures are closer to the divine than they are, and by eating their flesh, they can experience a special relationship with the gods.
* The Jotun of ''TabletopGame/BleakWorld'' believe that eating enough humans will open a gate to their homeworld, which was taken from them by [[SpaceElves elves]].
* ''TabletopGame/DragonTheEmbers'':
** This is how [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Oroboroi]] reproduce; since they lost the ability to procreate the natural way a long time ago, they instead create new dragons by feeding their [[SoulJar Heart]] to a human whenever they feel like they have lived long enough. This results in the Heart's owner dying and the human becoming a new dragon.
** Also, there are dragons called Devourers, who like to feed on other dragons' [[SoulJar Hearts]]. Much like [[TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem the vampires' Diaberie]], it's reviled by Oroboros society (even ''more so'', in fact, since they are a DyingRace and Hearts are ''not'' a renewable ressource) and comes with [[BodyHorror very nasty side effects]]...
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* ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'', in a practical approach to PowerCopying. He's so cute, most people haven't even considered the fact that his abilities and behavior are about what you might expect from a baby EldritchAbomination. This is likely because Kirby doesn't digest the creatures he eats in the same way as most creatures. Instead, it seems that he converts the creatures he eats into stars that he can spit out as projectiles or absorb for their powers. It even seems as though he can reverse the process and spit them as they were, losing whatever power he had.
* ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga'' has this as the theme of the game. You gain Atma by devouring your enemies, which is spent on gaining Mantras that give you new powers. Hunt-class powers grant you extra Atma, explicitly because they allow you to eat your foes more efficiently. These powers have names like "Devour" and "Feed Frenzy".
* ''VideoGame/DragonsWake'' is an 2-D indie platformer where the player character (who is a dragon) must eat the bodies of his enemies in order to heal or even increase his own abilities.
* ''Genesis Rising'', a little-known RTS, has the player building ORGANIC STARSHIPS that can acquire abilities by feeding off enemy organic starships [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin that have been beaten to a pulp]]. If by chance you "kill" the enemy ship, you can still consume it but you won't gain any abilities. Talk about extreme recycling ... IN SPACE!
* ''VideoGame/HomeworldCataclysm'' has a faction devoted to consuming ships (and their occupants) to achieve that kind of goal.
* ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'', devouring people can give you access to their abilities, memories, and skills--so you learn how to fly a combat helicopter by eating a pilot, learn how to effectively use military weapons by eating Drill Sergeants, and unravel the GovernmentConspiracy by eating the brains of anyone with even a TANGENTIAL relation to it.
* Paxton Fettel from the ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon FEAR]]'' franchise. It may or may not allow him to read his victims' memories (he certainly can either way).
* In ''VideoGame/{{Nethack}}'', eating certain corpses could give you superpowers, stat buffs, or kill you horribly.
** In the expansion game ''VideoGame/{{SLASHEM}}'', there's a playable race of [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifters]]. Eating the corpse of a monster of a certain species gives a 100% success rate for shapeshifting into that species.
** ''[[VideoGame/AncientDomainsOfMystery ADOM]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/RagnarokRoguelike Ragnarok]]'' also do this, as do other ''{{Roguelike}}''s following Nethack's lead.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadlyCreatures'', this is how the scorpion and the tarantula acquire new environmental skills -- by biting off the heads of creatures that have the skills they need. The tarantula eats a black widow and a lizard to gain the ability to web-jump and climb upside down, respectively, while the scorpion eats another scorpion and a mantis to learn how to dig and cut through grass.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'', Ridley's [[WhyWontYouDie near-immortality]] is HandWaved by him devouring enemy corpses for biomass. He's not hesitant to rub the fact in an orphaned Samus's face.
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', if the player eats [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President Kimball]], [[BigBad Caesar]], [[ManipulativeBastard Mr. House]] and [[ElvisImpersonator The King]], they get a perk known as "Meat of Champions" that gives you their "power" (Kimball's Strength, Caesar's Intelligence, House's Luck and The King's Charisma) whenever you eat humans.
* VideoGame/{{Touhou}} has a few examples:
** In ''Imperishable Night'', several of the {{youkai}} in the player teams suggest to their human counterparts that they eat the immortal [[BonusBoss Mokou Fujiwara's]] guts/liver, saying that a human eating an immortal's guts would grant them immortality as well. Yuyuko, on the other hand, considers eating Mokou's guts herself despite being a youkai, [[ImAHumanitarian just because she thinks it'd be tasty]].
** Utsuho Reiuji, a corpse-eating hell raven youkai [[FinalBoss first encountered]] in ''Subterranean Animism'' gained her power over nuclear fusion by swallowing the body of a yatagarasu (a divine crow with [[ThePowerOfTheSun powers of the sun]]). In Reimu and Suika's encounter with her, Utsuho expresses a strong desire to eat Reimu as well.
* The first three ''VideoGame/{{SaGa}}'' games (aka ''Final Fantasy Legend I'', ''II'', and ''III''), have the Monster race. They have set skills and stats, but can change into another monster by eating Meat dropped in battle.
* [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Yoshi]] gets this with Koopa shells, a lot -- though downplayed as the power only lasts as long as the shell's in his mouth. Red ones grant him the ability to breathe fire, blue ones grant him {{flight}}, yellow ones let him make small earthquakes when he lands, and flashing shells grant all three of the above. If Yoshi is red, blue, or yellow, any Koopa shell will grant the power associated with that color -- in addition to the shell's power, if applicable.
* Quina, the [[PowerCopying Blue Mage]] from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' learned new spells by eating monsters that could cast them.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' featured the late game Devour ability, allowing you to eat a weakened monster for a permanent one point increase to your various statistics, including health. Amusingly, you can use this ability on ''[[TheChick Rinoa]]'' in one battle, although it will result in an immediate NonStandardGameOver.
* The Rataka in VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic believe this to be true for their species, eating the dead warriors of tribes they conquer. The tribe that still practices it even ask the player to kill a group of Mandalorians and bring back the leader's head as a meal for their war-leader.
* In ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'', The more enemies a Guttler eats, the stronger and larger it grows.
* Kha'Zix, a champion in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', is a monster from the Void whose sole drive is to eat powerful creatures to gain their strength. The only creature it currently sees as a match for itself is Rengar, the ultimate hunter he once fought to a draw.
* Aeon Calcos, aka the [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent Lizardman]] has this as of ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries SoulCalibur V]]''. Bestowed new powers by [[WarGod Ares]], he can regain reason and intelligence by devouring others. This is evidenced by the use of his real name.
* In ''Party Of Sin'', Gluttony can replenish lost health by eating a non-boss enemy, though it takes a few seconds until the mook gets fully digested, before which it can be spat back out.
* In ''Franchise/StarCraft'' one of the ways the Zerg evolve is by consuming other life-forms and absorbing their DNA, as shown in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVEoIiqeQ6I this video]].
* In ''VideoGame/TheVisitor'', an online (and highly graphic) game series, the titular "visitor" is an alien parasite that can absorb the special abilities of any animal it [[BodyHorror devours from the inside out]]. If it eats a spider, it gains the ability to shoot webs; if it eats a dog, it gains a row of vicious teeth for biting, etc.
* In ''VideoGame/DawnOfTheDragons'', the player character reminisces on a conversation with fellow adventurer Roland over a plate of bacon. Roland claimed that pork is a crucial part of any adventurer's diet for this reason. The pig's cunning and intelligence is transferred to the person who ate it. The player character then wonders if this explains why kobolds are as dumb as mushrooms and why [[DeadpanSnarker Medea]] eats so many bitter herbs.
* The mecha equivalent of this is seen in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberiumWars'' and the Nod Avatar walker. It's special ability is that it can rip the weapons out of certain other Nod vehicles and use them. Normally, it's your own units, but if your opponent is playing Nod too you can use theirs.
** And the tank equivalent is in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'' with the basic Hammer Tank on the Soviet side. By using it's leech beam weapon, it can steal health from opposing tanks and structures, and if the target dies whilst being hit with the beam it'll steal its' weapon [[note]]If multiple Hammers are hitting it with the beam, only one will gain the weapon[[/note]]. Most tank weapons can be stolen this way, including stuff like the [[KillSat Athena uplink]], [[WaveMotionGun Wave Motion Artillery cannon]] or the [[BoringButPractical Bullfrogs' AA gun]]
* The unreleased coin-op arcade game ''VideoGame/ChimeraBeast'' is a HorizontalScrollingShooter in which the player plays one of a new race of lifeforms called "Eaters", which have appeared at the bottom of the food chain with the express goal of chewing their way up it by assimilating the strengths of everything it can kill and consume. [[spoiler:The final stages have the Eaters attacking the human race, and either dying with the world they have consumed or escaping to devour the universe.]]
* In ''VideoGame/GemsOfWar'', zombies seem to work like this; their special attack is Eat Brains, which not only heals them but increases a random skill (suggesting that they've absorbed something from the brains' owners).
* ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'': Aldrich was a human cleric who discovered one day that when he ate other people, he gained their power. He proceeded to eat so many people that he became a sludge-worm-monster thing, that nonetheless wielded tremendous magical power and had to be thrown into the First Flame itself to be destroyed (with the neat side effect of prolonging the Age of Fire). In this game, he's been resurrected, and has decided to expand his power further by ''eating the gods themselves''.
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* In the (Very NSFW) ''Chocolate Milkmaid'', the title character has this, which is what results in her becoming Chocolate Milkmaid in the first place. The flashback showing when she was told about this ability makes it clear that she was suitably squicked by the implications. Fortunately for her, it turns out that body fluids work just as well.
* Sevink from ''Webcomic/GeistPanik'' is a {{wendigo}}, meaning he can die once for every person he eats (dead or alive) and continue living. It helps that he's a BloodKnight, which allows him to fight through the pain of constantly dying and grants him access to plenty of dead people. Oh, and he's one of the [[SociopathicHero good guys]].
* Bob of ''Webcomic/CaptainSNES'' is a rare (probably) heroic version. To his credit, the first time his ability is revealed, he states that he dislikes using it.
* ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'' has TeamPet, [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2004-06-04/comic/a-little-blasphemy-never-hurt-anybody/hey-hey-its-for-dna/ Chao]] they eventually called Blasphemy. [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2004-07-16/comic/a-little-blasphemy-never-hurt-anybody/chao-not-so-bella/ Chao!]]
* Butch in ''Webcomic/ChoppingBlock'' is intermittently convinced he has this, although it's been repeatedly proven that he doesn't actually gain anything from killing people.
* ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/1993.html discussed]] the self-defeating side of this:
-->'''Ponsonby:''' Why do you want to eat them anyway?\\
'''Native:''' So we gain their abilities!\\
'''Ponsonby:''' What, the ability to be captured and eaten by a bunch of primitives with inferior weapons?\\
''Annotation: The idea of gaining the powers and abilities of a deceased person by consuming their bodies is one of the more widespread reasons for cannibalism in various cultures around the world.''\\
''Annotation: ''Do not'' let [[{{Munchkin}} players in your roleplaying games think of this]].''
* In ''Webcomic/{{Blessings}}'' it seems that this is one of the attributes of The Gourmand. If they should nibble on someone with a healing blessing, they get healed in turn. No indication for how long it lasts.
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* The story [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/abundance Abundance]] in the TheWanderersLibrary is centered around a character who possesses a more literal version of this ability.
* Carmilla of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse absorbs all the knowledge of the people and things she eats. Since she's a baby Great Old One, she's probably eating their ''souls'' too.
* Mokou gained her [[PlayingWithFire fire powers]] this way in Roleplay/TouhouAGlimmerOfAnOutsideWorld: she turned a phoenix into yakitori and ate it.
* In an odd example where the superpower is a political one, in ''WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged'' the Namekian Grand Elder is apparently whoever devours the old Grand Elder.
-->'''Bulma:''' Seems legit.
* From CerberusDailyNews, we have "Devour The Hearts Of [=NKaria's=] Adversaries So That You May Take Their Power For Yourself", a side-scrolling platformer from [=NKaria=]. Distribution is banned in at least one of the setting's nations due to extreme gore, subversive religious themes, and depictions of intense violence.
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', after a computer scan finds a "rectangular mass" in Hermes's colon:
--> '''Hermes''': It's a calculator. I ate it to gain its power.
** When Fry and Bender signed up for the army in "War is the H Word," Professor Farnsworth told Fry to eat the hearts of whoever he killed to gain their courage.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'', Cedric doublecrosses Phobos and eats him whole. In the process, he ends up gaining the powers of the Seal of Nerissa. Thankfully, he suffers from a major case of HowDoIShotWeb.
* The only thing Marceline of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' inherited from her demon father, aside from grey skin and pointy ears, is the ability to devour souls, which in specific cases such as vampires gives her any special powers that soul had.
* The Zombie Pumpkin Magisword from ''WesternAnimation/MightyMagiswords'' gets different abilities from eating different types of pumpkins. For example, eating the seed of a giant pumpkin makes the Zombie Pumpkin Magisword grow gigantic.
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* There are beliefs such as eating your foe will give you his strength or courage. In fact, the word originally meant "strong man" and was used by tribes that believed this.
** There is a statue in Tarabuco, Bolivia commemorating a victory of the native Quechua people over their Spanish conquerors. The statue shows a Quechua with an AxeCrazy face standing over his defeated Spanish foe. The Spaniard has a gaping hole in his chest and the Quechua is eating his heart. Keep in mind this is a statue...fully painted...in the town square...and was built by the Quechua...recently...as in the past 10 years.
** The Iroquois were known for doing this with their more respected (read: [[WorthyOpponent worthy of being absorbed]]) prisoners of war.
* In parts of sub-Saharan Africa, particularly Tanzania, one of the various reasons for the persecution of albinos is the belief that eating their flesh will confer superpowers to the eater (which inspired the ''District 9'' example, above).
* Certain kinds of hydras, a simple aquatic lifeform related to jellyfish, have stinging cells powerful enough to stun small fish. When a flatworm eats a hydra, it assimilates stinging caps without discharging or digesting them, but incorporates them as is. Predators who target these flatworms meet with a nasty, stinging surprise, dissuading further predation attempts. This approach saw a lot of use for stinging [[http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Cnidaria.html cnidarians]] from hydra to jellyfish and a variety of eaters up to slugs adding more "zap" to their skin or transferring kleptocnidae into their tentacles to use more offensively.
** A species of sea slug also exists that gains the ability to photosynthesize from the algae it eats.
* A lot of insects are able to make themselves poisonous by eating poisonous plants. The poison doesn't harm them and sticks around in their body for a while without being broken down, making them either taste horrible or be downright toxic to anything that decides they would be a good meal.
* An article from many decades ago called "Kill Them and Eat Them" suggested that was the way to deal with alien visitors. The killing part was presented as very rational: their very presence will disrupt our society and if they report back to their people then they will invade us. Sounded extreme but sensible. So why eat them? "To gain their power."
* Poison dart frogs become so poisonous by eating stinging ants and other venomous insects. As a result, frogs bred in captivity and kept on different diets from their wild counterparts are much less dangerous.
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* ''Series/IZombie'': Liv finds that eating brains keeps her from going "full-on zombie" (ie, mindless and violent) and gives her flashes of the dead person's memories as well as aspects of their personality. In the pilot, she gains the ability to speak Romanian and becomes a klepto after eating the brain of a kleptomaniac Romanian call girl. In the second episode, she eats the brains of a famous painter and gains his talent for painting as well as his passion for life in general. Usually, the abilities and quirks fade after about a day. They also fade to be replaced by new ones after eating another person's brain. The abilities can be of a darker nature, such as when Liv unknowingly eats the brain of a sociopathic hitman. She immediately starts acting like an emotionless person full of random factual information and one of her first instincts upon finding a friend who has permanently gone full-on zombie [[spoiler:is to kill her]]. In a later episode, she gains HollywoodHacking and MMORPG skills, as well as intense agoraphobia and love for donuts, from an internet troll.
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** The Kroot, a race of a [[HumanoidAliens avian humanoids]] used as auxiliaries by the [[TheAlliance Tau Empire]], have the innate ability to absorb the DNA of any creature they eat. For example, Kroot who feed upon [[TheFairFolk Dark Eldar]] [[SpacePirates pirates]] become lean, agile and malicious, while those who prey upon [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orks]] quickly develop green skin, heavy jaws and big muscles - in fact, the Kroot only developed space flight after absorbing the GeneticMemory of some Ork Mekboyz who attacked their homeworld of Pech. In a {{Deconstruction}} of this trope, Kroot who eat too much of a certain food [[BlessedWithSuck get stuck in an evolutionary dead-end]], and every evolutionary niche on Pech is filled by some Kroot-form, such as Kroot Hounds or lumbering Krootox. The Shapers who lead the various Kroot Kindreds have also learned not to let their people feed upon [[FaceFullOfAlienWingWong Genestealers]]' victims or anything tainted by [[TheCorruption Chaos]].
** The [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranids]] make extensive use of this as part of their EvilEvolves theme. The Hive Fleets are constantly analyzing the DNA of species they consume and incorporating useful bits into the next generation of Tyranids, and you can see this in certain units: the stooped, knuckle-walking Biovores have a certain resemblance to Orks, and the frail but psychically-powerful Zoanthropes are certainly based on [[WitchSpecies Eldar]] DNA. Now some Imperial sages have suggested that [[PraetorianGuard Tyrant Guard]], with their thick armor plating, must be based upon Space Marine DNA, but this is of course heresy.
** Speaking of Space Marines, it's often overlooked, but among their BioAugmentation is the [[http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Gene-seed#Omophagea Omophagea]] implant, which allows them to learn memories from a foe they've eaten. This undoubtedly contributes to rumors that certain chapters practice cannibalism, which may or many not be accurate depending on how savage a background said chapter comes from.
* ''Tabletopgame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** An aboleth retains memories of every eaten victim--as well as those of its mother, meaning that they remember the entire history of their species. Some shapeshifters. Mongrelmen may have their ''offspring'' growing some body parts of the devoured creature, like an odd horn or antenna.
** The earliest D&D example is the brain collector, an Expert D&D monster which acquired spellcasting powers by consuming the brains of spellcasters. The Hivebrood hivemind, another CD&D monster, could do the same thing for any class ability, and also share these acquired powers with other members of its Hive.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'':
-->''If a maurezhi kills and eats a victim, it gets the deader's memories and experiences. Xanxaost has seen hezrou general beat and imprison their baatezu enemies and then stand aside and let a maurezhi go to work. This sometimes gets them secret plans for the Blood War. This usually gets them lots of stupid things the baatezu have in their heads.''
** In 3rd Edition, mind flayers could potentially remember some piece of information from a recently eaten victim's brain (Usually a minor bonus to skill checks, but sometimes a feat or weapon skill) They didn't always, and the retention was only for a few hours, but it was possible. Illithid Savants specialized in this, [[SuperpowerLottery retaining skills of devoured victims permanently.]]
* In both ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' and ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'', there is the heinous crime of Diablerie, wherein you can boost your Generation/Blood Potency (and thus your power in general) by devouring the blood and soul of another vampire. The downside is, it leaves inky black stains on your soul (which [[AuraVision others can read like a book]]), and you can expect a quick and brutal FinalDeath if you're caught. [[TooSpicyForYogSothoth Plus, some powerful vampires may remain conscious through the process and later devour the Diablerist's soul from the inside.]]
** TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem introduces the bloated Macellarius bloodline, [[FatSweatySouthernerInAWhiteSuit fittingly nicknamed "The Gluttons"]] due to their universal belief that a gut is still considered [[AdiposeRex high class]]. Oh, and they also eat people. Hailing from ancient hedonistic Rome, these vampires are master gourmands, doing anything for a fine taste, even with the knowledge that they'll have to throw it up later by proxy of being a vampire (they enjoy the vomiting, though, since it means they can taste it one more time). Naturally, they have an intense love for human flesh, and can suck vitae out from it, and their unique bloodline discipline, [[IAmAHumanitarian Gustus]], entirely revolves around eating raw meat, from storing consumed chunks in their bodies to be converted to vitae to vomiting acidic blood to being able to steal stats from their victim.
* [[TabletopGame/{{Exalted}} Lunar Exalted]] are capable of assuming the appearance (and a few abilities) of animals by consuming their hearts after a ritualized hunt. With the right powers, they can extend this ability to humans, other Exalted, and gods, demons, ghosts and raksha. They can also acquire powers to decrease how much of a being they need to eat, and give others the ability to assume ''their'' appearance by consuming some of their blood.
* Having the Regeneration power in ''Underground'' requires a character to subsist on a cannibal diet. As the game's setting is such a CrapsackWorld as to contain cannibal ''fast food joints'', this is PlayedForLaughs.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has the Mimeoplasm, which eats (exiles) two creatures in graveyards, making it a copy of one with +1/+1 counters equal to the other's power.
** There's also Experiment Kraj, who upon waking stole every cytoplast on the plane, which killed and mutilated anyone who used Simic brand bioaugmentation products. His card implies this also gave him the powers of whoever he mutilated.
** Similar to the Hivebrood hivemind above, the original hive of Slivers had a queen that could create new strains of Slivers by consuming strange new creatures and then birthing new Slivers with those creatures' powers. Whenever Slivers are within an unspecified range of one another, they each gain each others' abilities.
* ''TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil'' gives us the Faithful of Shulpae, a small cult that aims to track down and eat supernatural beings (with a particular taste for [[TabletopGame/MummyTheCurse mummies]]) in order to temporarily gain their powers. They do this because they believe supernatural creatures are closer to the divine than they are, and by eating their flesh, they can experience a special relationship with the gods.
* The Jotun of ''TabletopGame/BleakWorld'' believe that eating enough humans will open a gate to their homeworld, which was taken from them by [[SpaceElves elves]].
* ''TabletopGame/DragonTheEmbers'':
** This is how [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Oroboroi]] reproduce; since they lost the ability to procreate the natural way a long time ago, they instead create new dragons by feeding their [[SoulJar Heart]] to a human whenever they feel like they have lived long enough. This results in the Heart's owner dying and the human becoming a new dragon.
** Also, there are dragons called Devourers, who like to feed on other dragons' [[SoulJar Hearts]]. Much like [[TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem the vampires' Diaberie]], it's reviled by Oroboros society (even ''more so'', in fact, since they are a DyingRace and Hearts are ''not'' a renewable ressource) and comes with [[BodyHorror very nasty side effects]]...
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* ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'', in a practical approach to PowerCopying. He's so cute, most people haven't even considered the fact that his abilities and behavior are about what you might expect from a baby EldritchAbomination. This is likely because Kirby doesn't digest the creatures he eats in the same way as most creatures. Instead, it seems that he converts the creatures he eats into stars that he can spit out as projectiles or absorb for their powers. It even seems as though he can reverse the process and spit them as they were, losing whatever power he had.
* ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga'' has this as the theme of the game. You gain Atma by devouring your enemies, which is spent on gaining Mantras that give you new powers. Hunt-class powers grant you extra Atma, explicitly because they allow you to eat your foes more efficiently. These powers have names like "Devour" and "Feed Frenzy".
* ''VideoGame/DragonsWake'' is an 2-D indie platformer where the player character (who is a dragon) must eat the bodies of his enemies in order to heal or even increase his own abilities.
* ''Genesis Rising'', a little-known RTS, has the player building ORGANIC STARSHIPS that can acquire abilities by feeding off enemy organic starships [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin that have been beaten to a pulp]]. If by chance you "kill" the enemy ship, you can still consume it but you won't gain any abilities. Talk about extreme recycling ... IN SPACE!
* ''VideoGame/HomeworldCataclysm'' has a faction devoted to consuming ships (and their occupants) to achieve that kind of goal.
* ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'', devouring people can give you access to their abilities, memories, and skills--so you learn how to fly a combat helicopter by eating a pilot, learn how to effectively use military weapons by eating Drill Sergeants, and unravel the GovernmentConspiracy by eating the brains of anyone with even a TANGENTIAL relation to it.
* Paxton Fettel from the ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon FEAR]]'' franchise. It may or may not allow him to read his victims' memories (he certainly can either way).
* In ''VideoGame/{{Nethack}}'', eating certain corpses could give you superpowers, stat buffs, or kill you horribly.
** In the expansion game ''VideoGame/{{SLASHEM}}'', there's a playable race of [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifters]]. Eating the corpse of a monster of a certain species gives a 100% success rate for shapeshifting into that species.
** ''[[VideoGame/AncientDomainsOfMystery ADOM]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/RagnarokRoguelike Ragnarok]]'' also do this, as do other ''{{Roguelike}}''s following Nethack's lead.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadlyCreatures'', this is how the scorpion and the tarantula acquire new environmental skills -- by biting off the heads of creatures that have the skills they need. The tarantula eats a black widow and a lizard to gain the ability to web-jump and climb upside down, respectively, while the scorpion eats another scorpion and a mantis to learn how to dig and cut through grass.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'', Ridley's [[WhyWontYouDie near-immortality]] is HandWaved by him devouring enemy corpses for biomass. He's not hesitant to rub the fact in an orphaned Samus's face.
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', if the player eats [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President Kimball]], [[BigBad Caesar]], [[ManipulativeBastard Mr. House]] and [[ElvisImpersonator The King]], they get a perk known as "Meat of Champions" that gives you their "power" (Kimball's Strength, Caesar's Intelligence, House's Luck and The King's Charisma) whenever you eat humans.
* VideoGame/{{Touhou}} has a few examples:
** In ''Imperishable Night'', several of the {{youkai}} in the player teams suggest to their human counterparts that they eat the immortal [[BonusBoss Mokou Fujiwara's]] guts/liver, saying that a human eating an immortal's guts would grant them immortality as well. Yuyuko, on the other hand, considers eating Mokou's guts herself despite being a youkai, [[ImAHumanitarian just because she thinks it'd be tasty]].
** Utsuho Reiuji, a corpse-eating hell raven youkai [[FinalBoss first encountered]] in ''Subterranean Animism'' gained her power over nuclear fusion by swallowing the body of a yatagarasu (a divine crow with [[ThePowerOfTheSun powers of the sun]]). In Reimu and Suika's encounter with her, Utsuho expresses a strong desire to eat Reimu as well.
* The first three ''VideoGame/{{SaGa}}'' games (aka ''Final Fantasy Legend I'', ''II'', and ''III''), have the Monster race. They have set skills and stats, but can change into another monster by eating Meat dropped in battle.
* [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Yoshi]] gets this with Koopa shells, a lot -- though downplayed as the power only lasts as long as the shell's in his mouth. Red ones grant him the ability to breathe fire, blue ones grant him {{flight}}, yellow ones let him make small earthquakes when he lands, and flashing shells grant all three of the above. If Yoshi is red, blue, or yellow, any Koopa shell will grant the power associated with that color -- in addition to the shell's power, if applicable.
* Quina, the [[PowerCopying Blue Mage]] from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' learned new spells by eating monsters that could cast them.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' featured the late game Devour ability, allowing you to eat a weakened monster for a permanent one point increase to your various statistics, including health. Amusingly, you can use this ability on ''[[TheChick Rinoa]]'' in one battle, although it will result in an immediate NonStandardGameOver.
* The Rataka in VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic believe this to be true for their species, eating the dead warriors of tribes they conquer. The tribe that still practices it even ask the player to kill a group of Mandalorians and bring back the leader's head as a meal for their war-leader.
* In ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'', The more enemies a Guttler eats, the stronger and larger it grows.
* Kha'Zix, a champion in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', is a monster from the Void whose sole drive is to eat powerful creatures to gain their strength. The only creature it currently sees as a match for itself is Rengar, the ultimate hunter he once fought to a draw.
* Aeon Calcos, aka the [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent Lizardman]] has this as of ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries SoulCalibur V]]''. Bestowed new powers by [[WarGod Ares]], he can regain reason and intelligence by devouring others. This is evidenced by the use of his real name.
* In ''Party Of Sin'', Gluttony can replenish lost health by eating a non-boss enemy, though it takes a few seconds until the mook gets fully digested, before which it can be spat back out.
* In ''Franchise/StarCraft'' one of the ways the Zerg evolve is by consuming other life-forms and absorbing their DNA, as shown in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVEoIiqeQ6I this video]].
* In ''VideoGame/TheVisitor'', an online (and highly graphic) game series, the titular "visitor" is an alien parasite that can absorb the special abilities of any animal it [[BodyHorror devours from the inside out]]. If it eats a spider, it gains the ability to shoot webs; if it eats a dog, it gains a row of vicious teeth for biting, etc.
* In ''VideoGame/DawnOfTheDragons'', the player character reminisces on a conversation with fellow adventurer Roland over a plate of bacon. Roland claimed that pork is a crucial part of any adventurer's diet for this reason. The pig's cunning and intelligence is transferred to the person who ate it. The player character then wonders if this explains why kobolds are as dumb as mushrooms and why [[DeadpanSnarker Medea]] eats so many bitter herbs.
* The mecha equivalent of this is seen in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberiumWars'' and the Nod Avatar walker. It's special ability is that it can rip the weapons out of certain other Nod vehicles and use them. Normally, it's your own units, but if your opponent is playing Nod too you can use theirs.
** And the tank equivalent is in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'' with the basic Hammer Tank on the Soviet side. By using it's leech beam weapon, it can steal health from opposing tanks and structures, and if the target dies whilst being hit with the beam it'll steal its' weapon [[note]]If multiple Hammers are hitting it with the beam, only one will gain the weapon[[/note]]. Most tank weapons can be stolen this way, including stuff like the [[KillSat Athena uplink]], [[WaveMotionGun Wave Motion Artillery cannon]] or the [[BoringButPractical Bullfrogs' AA gun]]
* The unreleased coin-op arcade game ''VideoGame/ChimeraBeast'' is a HorizontalScrollingShooter in which the player plays one of a new race of lifeforms called "Eaters", which have appeared at the bottom of the food chain with the express goal of chewing their way up it by assimilating the strengths of everything it can kill and consume. [[spoiler:The final stages have the Eaters attacking the human race, and either dying with the world they have consumed or escaping to devour the universe.]]
* In ''VideoGame/GemsOfWar'', zombies seem to work like this; their special attack is Eat Brains, which not only heals them but increases a random skill (suggesting that they've absorbed something from the brains' owners).
* ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'': Aldrich was a human cleric who discovered one day that when he ate other people, he gained their power. He proceeded to eat so many people that he became a sludge-worm-monster thing, that nonetheless wielded tremendous magical power and had to be thrown into the First Flame itself to be destroyed (with the neat side effect of prolonging the Age of Fire). In this game, he's been resurrected, and has decided to expand his power further by ''eating the gods themselves''.
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* In the (Very NSFW) ''Chocolate Milkmaid'', the title character has this, which is what results in her becoming Chocolate Milkmaid in the first place. The flashback showing when she was told about this ability makes it clear that she was suitably squicked by the implications. Fortunately for her, it turns out that body fluids work just as well.
* Sevink from ''Webcomic/GeistPanik'' is a {{wendigo}}, meaning he can die once for every person he eats (dead or alive) and continue living. It helps that he's a BloodKnight, which allows him to fight through the pain of constantly dying and grants him access to plenty of dead people. Oh, and he's one of the [[SociopathicHero good guys]].
* Bob of ''Webcomic/CaptainSNES'' is a rare (probably) heroic version. To his credit, the first time his ability is revealed, he states that he dislikes using it.
* ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'' has TeamPet, [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2004-06-04/comic/a-little-blasphemy-never-hurt-anybody/hey-hey-its-for-dna/ Chao]] they eventually called Blasphemy. [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2004-07-16/comic/a-little-blasphemy-never-hurt-anybody/chao-not-so-bella/ Chao!]]
* Butch in ''Webcomic/ChoppingBlock'' is intermittently convinced he has this, although it's been repeatedly proven that he doesn't actually gain anything from killing people.
* ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/1993.html discussed]] the self-defeating side of this:
-->'''Ponsonby:''' Why do you want to eat them anyway?\\
'''Native:''' So we gain their abilities!\\
'''Ponsonby:''' What, the ability to be captured and eaten by a bunch of primitives with inferior weapons?\\
''Annotation: The idea of gaining the powers and abilities of a deceased person by consuming their bodies is one of the more widespread reasons for cannibalism in various cultures around the world.''\\
''Annotation: ''Do not'' let [[{{Munchkin}} players in your roleplaying games think of this]].''
* In ''Webcomic/{{Blessings}}'' it seems that this is one of the attributes of The Gourmand. If they should nibble on someone with a healing blessing, they get healed in turn. No indication for how long it lasts.
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* The story [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/abundance Abundance]] in the TheWanderersLibrary is centered around a character who possesses a more literal version of this ability.
* Carmilla of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse absorbs all the knowledge of the people and things she eats. Since she's a baby Great Old One, she's probably eating their ''souls'' too.
* Mokou gained her [[PlayingWithFire fire powers]] this way in Roleplay/TouhouAGlimmerOfAnOutsideWorld: she turned a phoenix into yakitori and ate it.
* In an odd example where the superpower is a political one, in ''WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged'' the Namekian Grand Elder is apparently whoever devours the old Grand Elder.
-->'''Bulma:''' Seems legit.
* From CerberusDailyNews, we have "Devour The Hearts Of [=NKaria's=] Adversaries So That You May Take Their Power For Yourself", a side-scrolling platformer from [=NKaria=]. Distribution is banned in at least one of the setting's nations due to extreme gore, subversive religious themes, and depictions of intense violence.
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', after a computer scan finds a "rectangular mass" in Hermes's colon:
--> '''Hermes''': It's a calculator. I ate it to gain its power.
** When Fry and Bender signed up for the army in "War is the H Word," Professor Farnsworth told Fry to eat the hearts of whoever he killed to gain their courage.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'', Cedric doublecrosses Phobos and eats him whole. In the process, he ends up gaining the powers of the Seal of Nerissa. Thankfully, he suffers from a major case of HowDoIShotWeb.
* The only thing Marceline of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' inherited from her demon father, aside from grey skin and pointy ears, is the ability to devour souls, which in specific cases such as vampires gives her any special powers that soul had.
* The Zombie Pumpkin Magisword from ''WesternAnimation/MightyMagiswords'' gets different abilities from eating different types of pumpkins. For example, eating the seed of a giant pumpkin makes the Zombie Pumpkin Magisword grow gigantic.
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[[folder: Real Life ]]
* There are beliefs such as eating your foe will give you his strength or courage. In fact, the word originally meant "strong man" and was used by tribes that believed this.
** There is a statue in Tarabuco, Bolivia commemorating a victory of the native Quechua people over their Spanish conquerors. The statue shows a Quechua with an AxeCrazy face standing over his defeated Spanish foe. The Spaniard has a gaping hole in his chest and the Quechua is eating his heart. Keep in mind this is a statue...fully painted...in the town square...and was built by the Quechua...recently...as in the past 10 years.
** The Iroquois were known for doing this with their more respected (read: [[WorthyOpponent worthy of being absorbed]]) prisoners of war.
* In parts of sub-Saharan Africa, particularly Tanzania, one of the various reasons for the persecution of albinos is the belief that eating their flesh will confer superpowers to the eater (which inspired the ''District 9'' example, above).
* Certain kinds of hydras, a simple aquatic lifeform related to jellyfish, have stinging cells powerful enough to stun small fish. When a flatworm eats a hydra, it assimilates stinging caps without discharging or digesting them, but incorporates them as is. Predators who target these flatworms meet with a nasty, stinging surprise, dissuading further predation attempts. This approach saw a lot of use for stinging [[http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Cnidaria.html cnidarians]] from hydra to jellyfish and a variety of eaters up to slugs adding more "zap" to their skin or transferring kleptocnidae into their tentacles to use more offensively.
** A species of sea slug also exists that gains the ability to photosynthesize from the algae it eats.
* A lot of insects are able to make themselves poisonous by eating poisonous plants. The poison doesn't harm them and sticks around in their body for a while without being broken down, making them either taste horrible or be downright toxic to anything that decides they would be a good meal.
* An article from many decades ago called "Kill Them and Eat Them" suggested that was the way to deal with alien visitors. The killing part was presented as very rational: their very presence will disrupt our society and if they report back to their people then they will invade us. Sounded extreme but sensible. So why eat them? "To gain their power."
* Poison dart frogs become so poisonous by eating stinging ants and other venomous insects. As a result, frogs bred in captivity and kept on different diets from their wild counterparts are much less dangerous.
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[[caption-width-right:241:Sometimes, you really ''are'' [[LiteralMetaphor what you eat.]]]]

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** While main character, being a normal guy, usually eats only a litle bit of a person to get his memories (although he did get skills of several baseball players, after [[spoiler: certain lunatic forcefed him their corpses]]), Vampire, that has similar abilities [[TheAssimilator actively hunts down and eats people to get their superpowers]].

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** While main character, being a normal guy, usually eats only a litle bit of a person to get his memories (although he did get skills of several baseball players, after [[spoiler: certain lunatic forcefed force fed him their corpses]]), Vampire, that has similar abilities abilities, [[TheAssimilator actively hunts down and eats people to get their superpowers]].
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** While main character, being a normal guy, usually eats only a litle bit of a person to get his memories (although he did get skills of several baseball players, after [[spoiler: certain lunatic forcefed him their corpses]]), Vampire, that has similar abilities [[TheAssimilator actively hunts down and eats people to get their superpowers]].
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* The Zombie Pumpkin Magisword from ''WesternAnimation/MightyMagiswords'' gets different abilities from eating different types of pumpkins. For example, eating the seed of a giant pumpkin makes the Zombie Pumpkin Magisword grow gigantic.
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